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Clinical Science Associate Rare Blood Disorders

South San Francisco, CA, United States

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Nov 18, 2020

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Before posting, we considered the business, team, and customer needs for this role in light of our efforts to post and fill only those roles that are absolutely critical.
Roche’s Clinical Development organization is structured by therapeutic area and is responsible for developing and executing the late development (Phase II – IIIA) clinical strategies and plans to deliver medically differentiated therapies that provide meaningful improvement to patients.
The PD Clinical Science Associate participates in development of the Clinical Development (CD) plan and supports the assigned PD Medical Director/Clinical Development Physician(s) with various deliverables necessary for effective and efficient CD plan execution for the assigned molecule(s)/indication(s).
PD Clinical Scientists have primary responsibilities for supporting PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians with clinical documentation, representing CD on various sub-teams or other appropriate forums, supporting training of study site personnel, acting as a primary point-of-contact for questions and inquiries to CD regarding CD studies or other programs, conducting ongoing medical/safety data reviews, and providing clinical science input into study reporting.
PD Clinical Science Associates are expected to perform their responsibilities with more independence by comparison to PD Clinical Science Assistants, PD Clinical Science Associates are likely to have external interactions with cooperative groups, key opinion leaders (KOLs), external vendors supporting the work of CD, etc.
1. Cross-Functional Team Membership
Participates in the relevant Clinical Science Team (CST)
Represents CD in sub-teams (e.g., Study Management Teams) relevant to assigned
molecule(s)/indication(s), except the Development Working Group (DWG). As needed and
appropriate, addresses CD study or other program-specific questions; provides updates; delivers
presentations; etc.
As requested, supports PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians with training new
CST members
2. Global Clinical Development Planning
Stays abreast of internal and external developments, trends and other dynamics relevant to the
work of CD to maintain, at all times, a fully current view and perspective of internal/external
influences and/or implications for the assigned therapeutic and disease area(s)
Maintains scientific and clinical knowledge in the specific therapeutic and disease area(s) of
Collaborates with a variety of internal and external partners and stakeholders, such as clinical
investigators, clinicians, scientists and KOLs, as well as multidisciplinary internal groups, including
other groups in PD, research, business development, commercial operations, legal, etc.
Supports PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians, as assigned, in developing and/or
preparing clinical science information for inclusion into the CD strategy for the relevant
therapeutic/disease area(s), annual and strategic Lifecycle Plans (LCPs) and the Integrated
Development Commercialization Plan (IDCP)
Contributes to the development of the CD plan for assigned molecule(s)/indication(s) and/or other
Gathers and analyzes data and information necessary to create the CD plan
Where applicable and assigned, supports PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians in
providing other groups with information and input into budget/resource requirements necessary to
implement and execute the CD plan
As assigned and appropriate, supports PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians in
preparing for HA meeting
3. Clinical Development Plan Implementation
Provides clinical science support for assigned studies and programs:
Participates in ongoing CST and relevant sub-team meetings, other interactions and
Provides input on clinical study designs. Designs CD studies with guidance and oversight from PD
Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians
Conducts appropriate literature searches
Collaborates with clinical operations, other groups and PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development
Physicians to develop consistent language and criteria for the Informed Consent Form (ICF),
protocol eligibility, protocol dose modification, protocol safety, Case Report Forms (CRFs), CRF
instructions, etc. Helps coordinate consistent use of language and criteria across multiple Roche
teams and projects (includes partner studies)
Reviews and/or writes additional clinical science documentation and/or clinical science input into
other documentation managed by other Roche groups (e.g., protocol summaries, safety monitoring
plans, process documents, investigator brochures, etc.)
Helps coordinate the successful completion of documents with other groups
As needed/appropriate, collaborates with others in the review of safety narratives and other safety-
related guidelines and documentation
May develop or provide input for clinical presentation slides and other materials for internal/external
meetings and/or ongoing communications for review/discussion with PD Medical Directors/Clinical
Development Physicians (e.g., investigator meetings, pre-study site selection visits, study
coordinator or clinical research administrator training, study newsletters, communications to study
sites, etc.)
Collaborates with clinical operations to develop agendas, materials and other items for investigator
and other relevant meetings pertaining to assigned studies and programs
As needed/appropriate, accompanies clinical operations staff to study site visits, investigator and
other meetings
Provides additional support with site training, as needed, or requested
Where assigned, acts as the primary CD liaison/point-of-contact from the team for medical monitor
inquiries from clinical operations, clinical research organizations (CROs), etc.
Responds to questions from other internal and external parties regarding assigned studies and
Collaborates with PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians, clinical operations, data
management and other groups to conduct clinical review of study data; identifying and evaluating
study data trends, outliers, protocol violators, etc. Works with PD Medical Directors/Clinical
Development Physicians, clinical operations, data management and potentially other groups to
develop and communicate relevant medical inquiries
Participates in safety meetings and tracks, analyzes, and reports any potential safety events
Reviews, analyzes and discusses clinical study reporting documents with PD Medical
Directors/Clinical Development Physicians and various other groups
Tracks items for inclusion in protocol/ICF amendments and works with other groups to ensure the
timely and appropriate completion of protocol amendments
Supports PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians in preparing for internal/external
meetings and presentations
Works closely with PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians, clinical operations, and
other groups to close-out clinical studies, secure data and complete study reporting
Participates in the development and implementation of communications strategies to support
existing and concluded studies. Includes KOL interactions, advisory boards, major medical
meetings, congresses and other events, publications and other materials
Writes and/or reviews abstracts, posters, content for scientific meetings, conferences, other events
and presentations, and other publicly distributed materials and coordinates further reviews with
internal partners and stakeholders. Coordinates submissions to scientific meetings and/or other
appropriate venues or groups
Supports PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians, regulatory and other internal
partners/stakeholders with completion and submission of regulatory filings and other regulatory
documentation. Writes clinical science sections of HA meeting packages and assists in the
development and review of other clinical documentation required for regulatory submissions and
other regulatory processes
Supports PD Medical Directors/Clinical Development Physicians with ongoing data generation to
address unmet medical needs and identify new or extended CD studies or other programs for the
relevant therapeutic area of assignment
Completes and/or leads other special projects, as and when assigned, or otherwise requested
Consistently complies with all governing laws, regulations, Roche Standard Operating Procedures
(SOPs) and other guidelines
Candidates for this position should hold the following qualifications, have the following experience, and be able to
demonstrate the following abilities to be considered as a suitable applicant. Please note that except where
specified as “preferred,” or as a “plus,” all points listed below are considered minimum requirements.
Bachelors Degree required (life sciences preferred)
Advanced Clinical/Science Degree is preferred (e.g., PharmD, PhD, MSN, MPH, etc.)
5 or more years clinical trial experience (must demonstrate a minimum of 2 years clinical trial experience in pharma/biotech industry)
Data listing review experience is preferred
Experience authoring experimental protocols and/or study results and conclusions
Relevant therapeutic area experience
In-depth understanding of Phase II – III drug development
Experience in the principles and techniques of data analysis, interpretation and clinical relevance (e.g., ISS, ISE, competitor data, etc.)
Comprehensive understanding of product and safety profiles
Sound knowledge of medical aspects of GCP (Good Clinical Practice), ICH (International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use), FDA, EMEA, NICE and other relevant guidelines and regulations
Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
Has impeccable ethics. Demonstrates, or proven abilities to demonstrate, Roche Values
Outstanding attention-to-detail
Proven abilities to perform Clinical Scientist responsibilities with increasing expertise and independence. Has demonstrated, through past experience, abilities to competently manage the majority of Clinical Scientist deliverables associated with assigned clinical studies
Good business acumen; has working knowledge of the multidisciplinary functions involved in a company’s drug development process, e.g. clinical operations, biostatistics, regulatory, commercial operations, etc.
Excellent project management skills: can prioritize multiple tasks and goals and ensure the timely, on-target and within-budget accomplishment of such
Good interpersonal, verbal communication and influencing skills; can influence without authority
Strong written communication skills
Good business presentation skills; is comfortable and effective when presenting to others, internally or externally
Good negotiation skills: knows how to complete deliverables by working effectively with others internally and externally
Good judgment and decision-making skills; knows how to make trade-off decisions while balancing ethics and efficacy
Works well within teams and is effective in collaborating with others internally and externally
Ability to travel (
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Genentech, a member of the Roche group and founder of the biotechnology industry, is dedicated to pursuing groundbreaking science to discover and develop medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. To solve the world's most complex health challenges, we ask bigger questions that challenge our industry and the boundaries of science to transform society. Our transformational discoveries include the first targeted antibody for cancer and the first medicine for primary progressive multiple sclerosis.
Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. We believe that by championing diversity of background, thought and experience, we can foster a sense of belonging and provide an environment where every employee feels valued, included, and able to contribute their best for the patients we serve. We’re focused on attracting, retaining, developing and advancing our people to their full potential by rewarding bold ways of thinking and integrating inclusive behaviors into every aspect of our work.
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